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Arusha, Tanzania (via Hartville, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   July 30, 2017

Born in Stark County, Ohio, aka God's country. OSU 1977-81. Now living in Tanzania, East Africa. It ain't for sissies.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Kicked winning FG in 4th quarter to beat Tuslaw in 1975.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Don Taylor, PK, BGSU, 1972-75
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Alan Hornyak “The Bellaire Bomber”
  • NFL TEAM: Browns pre-1996; 2018-
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: seriously?

Recent Activity

Comment 02 Aug 2019

September 10, 1977. OSU 10, Miami (FL) 0.

Grew a Buckeyes fan (thanks, Dad!)

I was a Fr. and classes hadn’t even started yet. I believe it was the first meeting between the two schools. Lou Saban (“They’re killing me, Whitey! They’re killing me!”) was Miami’s head coach. - for those too young to know Lou Saban.

Comment 02 Aug 2019

September 10, 1977. OSU 10, Miami (FL) 0.

I was a Fr. and classes hadn’t even started yet. I believe it was the first meeting between the two schools. Lou Saban (“They’re killing me, Whitey! They’re killing me!”) was Miami’s head coach. - for those too young to know Lou Saban.

Comment 31 Jul 2019

#1: 2003 NC vs. Miami

#2: Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta. Dallas-Buffalo round 2. Took my dad. He was a huge Browns fan and he actually got to see Bernie Kosar play in a Super Bowl, even if it was just the final kneel down at the end.

#3. OSU-Oklahoma 1977. Damn you, Ewe.

Comment 30 Jul 2019

2012. OSU Michigan. Urban’s first season. My son was just back from the Middle East (he’s career Army). I am taking him to his first OSU game (I am a terrible father, I know). We buy 2 tics from a scalper, turns out they were counterfeit. $400+ lost. But we didn’t know until we try to enter the stadium. OSU people were great. We were escorted to the ticket office and were allowed to buy 2 tix at face value. Another $200 or so, but hey. Sat up next to the sheriffs and the flagpoles atop C deck in the closed end. But he got to see us beat TTUN and finish the perfect 12-0 season.

Comment 30 Jul 2019

Been living in East Africa for 6 years now. We are 7 hrs ahead, 8 once you turn the clocks back. So those 8 pm prime time games in November start at 4 am here. Typically I will watch 1st half of the noon kickoff games, go to bed about 9:30-10:00, get a solid 6 hrs of shuteye. Haven’t missed one yet in 6 seasons. Nothing like scrambled eggs and coffee at halftime. 3:30 starts are the toughest. 11:30 pm here, ending at 3 am sometimes. Getting too old for those late nights.

Power outages are common, so I am sure my neighbors have used my name in vain a few times when I cranked up the Honda generator at 2 in the morning.

Comment 25 Jun 2019

A lot of folks hate the NCAA. I get it. But what do you propose to replace it with? Collegiate athletics has to be governed. By who?

I am no shrill for the NCAA. They get it wrong a lot. A LOT. I believe there needs to be a reform movement within the NCAA, driven by its member institutions. 

But as long as there are boosters, bagmen and amoral coaches, SOMEBODY has to try and keep the playing field level. I am all ears if you have a better solution.

Comment 25 Jun 2019

This will be fascinating to watch.

California schools may ignore the law and deny student-athletes to be paid because it breaks the NCAA’s rules. Remember, NCAA is a voluntary association and all members agree to abide by the ruling body’s rules. In this scenario, students would sue the California universities. 

Result 1: University wins and the law becomes unenforceable and eventually repealed.

Result 2: Students win. NCAA now has a mess on their hands. It wouldn’t take long for California schools to have a HUGE swing in their favor. After all, who wouldn’t go there to get paid AND be eligible for championships? OH, AL, GA, FL, SC, TX, etc., would pass similar laws very quickly. You think SEC, OSU, etc., wouldn’t respond immediately? And that’s just the football side. What about KS, NC, KY and all those basketball blue bloods? 

Result 3: While the California situation plays out in the courts over a number of years, other states (SEC, OSU, etc.) pass similar laws. At some point critical mass is reached whereby NCAA can only ban them all from post-season participation if it wants to hasten its own demise.

The NCAA and its member institutions aren’t dumb. They see where this is all headed. My guess is that an olympics type compensation model will be adopted within the next 3-5 years.

Comment 01 Jun 2019

Let us not forget that until fairly recently the Georgia-Florida game was known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”. And “cocktail party” was a cute little euphemism to lend some class to the affair. But if you ever attended the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, “classy” probably wasn’t the first word that came to your mind.

Comment 02 Mar 2019

Born & raised in Stark County, Ohio. Avatar is Brian Bowers, who was a beast at my HS back in the day (early 70’s). Only Lake Blue Streak to my knowledge to receive a scholarship to play at OSU.

Comment 15 Oct 2018

A kickoff - including a free kick after a safety - is a live ball once it travels 10 yards and can be recovered AND advanced by either team.

Comment 20 Aug 2018

Dog, I’d be interested in your take on Henderson’s book when you’ve finished.

Comment 12 Aug 2018

OSUEXT, I agree. No way they can afford Brantley, Miller & Allen. Maybe 2 of them, probably just 1. All 3 may likely cost more than DWC suggests. And arbitration could be costly, too. Sigh. Oh, to have the Yankees revenue.

The real question is whether MLB will ever catch up to the other sports and level the playing field.

Comment 11 Aug 2018

My wife & I work for a mission organization. Mostly, we work with a local non-profit that runs a school for poor kids out in a small village west of Kilimanjaro. But lots of other community development initiatives going on as well. Never a dull moment. Wildlife here is pretty cool, too. I’m a bit of a birder, and love getting off the beaten path with my Land Cruiser and a pair of binoculars.

Comment 11 Aug 2018

It’s not too bad. Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam, then Amsterdam to Atlanta/NY/where ever. Usually takes 20-30 hrs, depending on layovers.

Comment 01 Aug 2018

I agree that Xichigan can be elite on defense. If they can get competent QB play, not elite, just competent, they can be a handful this year. Would love to see them arrive in C-bus in late November 11-0, only to leave with broken hearts and broken dreams.

Comment 30 Jul 2018

I think I read something on this site a while back about Tressel realizing he needed to upgrade the D-line, especially the DTs, after the 2006 and 2007 seasons where the SEC defensive lines were a big part of their victories. OSU's recruiting strategy for D-linemen changed after that, but it was under Tressel that it began. I agree with you that Meyer has kicked it up another notch.

Comment 10 Jul 2018

Sideshow, a lot of the book delves into the recent surge of QB Whisperers, Elite 11, QB camps, etc. it is astounding how much money parents are willing to spend to develop their sons as QBs. It details how the thinking on what makes a great QB has changed. Being 6’5” with a strong arm is nice, but measurable alone don’t guarantee success. Leadership, etc., are big now. The stuff Urban talks about. Also, they must be able to see what’s going on around them and even with 22 people flying around they must be able to process it all and in an instant know who to throw to (or even whether to throw in a RPO-heavy system) and where to put the ball with or without touch.

The book culminates with the 2014 draft - Johnny Football everybody! If you are a Browns fan, that last chapter will just depress you. Be forewarned.

My takeaway is that I can now break down fairly well and in some detail why Russell Wilson is a really good NFL QB and why Christian Hackenberg isn’t and never will be. Hackenberg wasn’t mentioned in the book at all, BTW  - it was before he arrived on the scene. But he jumped to mind multiple times while I was reading the book.

Comment 09 Jul 2018

I will take a wait and see attitude. Everyone in the SEC had been frustrated trying to beat Saban. And a lot of good coaches left or were forced out - Richt, Miles, Meyer, Spurrier - who had a lot to do with the SEC’s run as the top conference. Prior to the start of last season, I was talking with some friends from SEC country and I asked them who the 2nd-best coach in the SEC was. Remember, this was before Georgia’s magical season. Mullen? Mahlzan? Shrugs. The level of coaching has really dropped, partially due to some big misses on the hiring of head coaches in the conference. The downturn of the overall quality of the SEC has been directly related to the quality of the coaches. 

These thngs are cyclical. When Tressel was dominating the B1G, the coaching was awful. Now the B1G has a collection of pretty good coaches, especially with the addition of some of the up & comers like Frost, Fleck and Brohm. Add in hires of established guys like Chryst & Harbaugh, and the coaching upgrade was significant.

Only time will tell if Smart, Morehouse, Pruitt & co. along with known quantities like Fisher and Mullen will swing the SEC pendulum back their way.

Comment 09 Jul 2018

Tressel sold his soul to the devil, so to speak, with Pryor and it cost him his career. A cautionary tale. That’s what I hope OSU learned from it all. No 1 player is worth compromising your core values.